Aiming for control
Former Community College Chancellor Jack Scott among the speakers at forum on gun violence
By Nick Smith 01/10/2013
Recently retired California Community College System Chancellor and veteran local lawmaker Jack Scott personally knows the emotional pain caused by the death of a loved one due to gun violence.
Scott, a former assembly member, state senator and Pasadena City College president, and his wife, Lacreta, lost their youngest son, Adam, 20 years ago next October in an accidental shooting at a party. In the incident, a friend of 24-year-old Adam Scott, who had recently graduated from the USC Law School, was showing off a shotgun when the weapon went off.
“My son was attending a party and the host of the party had several guns in his home,” said Scott, a graduate of Yale Divinity School and an ordained minister. “Unfortunately [one of them] was loaded, and he [the host] pulled the trigger. It killed my son instantly.”
In the wake of the Christmas Day gun-related murder of longtime community activist Victor McClinton, and before that the massacre of students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., All Saints Church in Pasadena is hosting a public forum on gun violence at 7 p.m. tonight at the church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena.
Along with Scott, who is now a scholar in residence at Claremont University, also expected to speak are the Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints, and Pasadena Health Department Director Dr. Eric Walsh.
Following the death of his son, Scott went on to become a major gun control advocate, authoring Senate Bill 1670, requiring safety lock attachments to guns.
Scott said the shooting death of his son did not change his views on gun control. “But it did increase the intensity of my feelings about it,” he said.
“I’m not someone who wants to confiscate someone’s gun. I’m just someone who says there ought to be some sensible laws. We don’t need clips that fire 100 rounds without reloading. Those are military weapons, not weapons you should be hunting with,” said Scott.
“People with differing views are invited [to attend the forum] and are quite welcome to express their views on the matter. Some people will feel differently from the way I feel,” he said.